NBA Picks Bulls vs. Thunder -12.5

Thursday, December 19, 2013 12:22 PM UTC

Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 12:22 PM UTC

The Oklahoma City Thunder are a massive 12.5-point favorite on Thursday night as the Chicago Bulls visit. It’s easy to see why: the Thunder are a perfect 12-0 at home this season and enter the matchup riding a league-best seven-game winning streak. It’s pretty clear that the Thunder should win but will they cover the 12.5?
<p style="text-align:center"> <style type="text/css"><!-- br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;} --></style> <span style="font-size:13px;font-family:arial,sans,sans-serif;color:#000000;text-align:left"></span></p> <p><b>The Chicago Bulls can win because…</b></p> <p>Is there a reason? The Bulls have basically packed it in already – and we’re only in December. The Bulls are just 7-16 against the spread this season and 3-9 in road games.</p> <p>About the only reason you’re taking the Bulls is that you’re thinking that – even though they might be tired playing their fourth game in six nights – their defense might be able to keep this within the spread. <a target="_blank" title="Check out our predictions from their game last night vs. the Rockets" href="/nba-basketball/free-picks/nba-picks-bulls-vs-rockets-wedesday-a-35927/">They allow just 92.4 points</a> per game, which is third in the NBA. You’re banking on that defense if you’re adding the Bulls to your <a target="_blank" title="Free NBA picks available from SBR" href="/nba-basketball/">NBA picks.</a></p> <p><b>The Oklahoma City Thunder can win because…</b></p> <p>They are flat-out balling right now. While the Portland Trail Blazers and the San Antonio Spurs get more attention in the national media, the Thunder have quietly been the <a target="_blank" title="Let other bettors know whether you think the Thunder are future Champs" href="">best team in the West</a> over the last month. They’ve now won 15 of their last 16 games and are looking like the team to beat.</p> <p>The Thunder are the second-highest scoring team at home as they average 107.7 points per game. The Bulls simply don’t have the same firepower to match up as they average the second-fewest amount of points on the road at 90.3. That’s really all you need to know when examining <a target="_blank" title="Live NBA odds for every game" href="/betting-odds/nba-basketball/">the NBA odds</a> here.</p> <p><b>Outlook &amp; Pick</b></p> <p>The numbers just don’t look good for the Bulls. They’ve lost five of six and 11 of their last 14. That includes back-to-back ugly home losses to Toronto and Orlando. If they can’t beat those teams, don’t expect them to win in Oklahoma City. The Bulls are also in a back-to-back situation on the road and will be playing their third game in four nights. Take the Thunder with your NBA picks.</p> <p><b>Pick: Thunder -12.5 at BetOnline</b></p> <p><b>[gameodds]5/250692/?r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]<br /></b></p>
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